With each team taking a win in the series, the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets are looking to take the series win in Thursday’s rubber match. On Tuesday, the Mets stifled the Brewers 4-0, but Milwaukee’s bats did all the talking one night later. Thursday’s matchup will show who has the upper hand in the series. It could go either way with two potential playoff teams.
Brewers Finally Come to Life
The Milwaukee Brewers has been slipping and sliding hard as of late. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have dropped into second place in the National League Central. They are still in a good position overall, sitting 1½ games behind the Cardinals. However, right now, the Brewers need to get back on track and show that they are a playoff team, especially against stronger teams like the Mets.
The Brewers have not fared well against teams over .500, with just a 13-17 record in those games. But Milwaukee got some good production out of its bats on Wednesday and starting pitcher Corbin Burnes was stellar, allowing only two runs in six innings to one of the best offensive teams in the MLB. He also racked up eight strikeouts, showing he still has his Cy Young form from last season.
Manager Craig Counsell also managed to become the most winning manager in Brewers franchise history. Counsell couldn’t have asked for a better situation, with his best pitcher on the mound and the offense providing run support in his 564th win as Milwaukee’s manager.
Mets Need to Keep Pedal to Floor
The New York Mets have the second-best record in all of MLB, only behind the New York Yankees. They are also in first place in the NL East and have been comfortably for most of the season. There is just one problem. The Atlanta Braves are 15 days into June and still haven’t lost this month. The Braves have gone from a sub-.500 team to 10 games over .500 and only four games out of first place.
The Mets haven’t been playing bad baseball, but they are just 6-4 in their last 10 games and need every win they can get to stay ahead of the surging Braves. A series win on Thursday night would really help their cause. The Mets have been very up and down as of late and need to find some consistency.
Tylor Megill will be back on the bump for the Mets, making his second start since coming off the injured list. His first start back was rocky as he lasted only 3.1 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on June 10. The Mets will be looking to get more out of Megill on Thursday as they desperately need a series win before they start a home weekend series with the Miami Marlins.
Brewers vs Mets Head-to-Head
After just two games, the teams have split the season series. The cross division teams will meet again later this season in Milwaukee, but first the rubber match of this series has to take place on Thursday.
Brewers vs Mets Game Information
- Game: Brewers (35-29) vs Mets (41-23)
- Location: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Brewers vs Mets Live Stream: MLB.tv
Brewers vs Mets Betting Lines
A. Ashby -L
|New York Mets
T. Megill -R
Brewers vs Mets Prediction
The sportsbooks have the lines in this matchup extremely close. The Mets are the favorites at -125 and the Brewers are the underdog at +115. With the pitching matchup of Aaron Ashby vs. Megill, it could go either way. If Megill returns to his early season form and he gets some run support the Mets should be a sure win. Either way, the Mets shouldn’t have a problem winning this game.
The Mets are extremely good at beating the runline and the MLB lines are giving favorable odds for bets on the Mets to win and cover at +155. This would be a great option!
When you bet online, take the Mets to cover the runline at +155.
Pick: New York Mets -1½ +155